Meet Brad Bartlett
Major: Communications/Journalism, Class of 2011
Why did you choose SBU? What had the biggest impact on your decision?
When I came to the campus for a visit, I stepped onto the grounds and somehow knew that this was where God had called me for this season of my life. From the moment I arrived, faculty and staff showed me respect and encouragement, and many of those same faculty and staff will watch me walk at graduation. It has been a great journey.
How does college differ from high school? What helped you adjust to college life?
For the first time, I had full control of every aspect of my life. From choosing classes and financial aid, to doing laundry and finding food to eat, I found myself stepping into a role of personal responsibility that was both freeing and terrifying. Joining student activities and organizations, as well as connecting with the people I lived with, helped me build a community that has encouraged and sustained me to this day.
Can you describe the classroom environment? What has the coursework been like in your classes?
The classes are small and personal. The largest class I take has 15 people. This allows for professors to give you more direct instruction, and allows for dialogue and conversation, instead of a lecture in a lecture hall. It’s very personal. The smaller class sizes also provide for a strong community between you and your classmates, making attending class not only a need, but a desire each day.
What do you think about the faculty, staff, and advisors? What are the students like at SBU?
Not only do you get the sense that your professors are passionate about the subjects they teach, but you feel that they truly care about your progress and success. You never feel like you are only name on a page, but you are a living, breathing person with potential, and the professors see that in you and cultivate it.
SBU students are my best friends. I’ve never been so pushed to excel academically, to get involved socially, and to grow spiritually as I have with the students here. We attend class together, eat together, have Bible studies together and live life together. It’s like one giant reality television show, except it’s fun!
Do you participate in any activities or organizations?
I am currently the news editor for the campus newspaper, The Omnibus. I have also been a part of various campus organizations such as Welcome Week, Christian Service Organization, Symphonic Winds and many other campus activities. There are so many to choose from!